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I am an International Man of Mystery - born in Trinidad, raised in New Zealand, and living in Australia. My earliest influences lyrically were those of the Calypsonians of the 1960s, the greatest being old Birdie himself the Mighty Sparrow as well as the joyful songs of The Merrymen. Later in my teens I was struck by the power of words and language from the mercurial pen of Bob Dylan. The first poem I ever wrote was in 1975 at the age of 14 for a class assignment. I copied the lyrics from the Pink Floyd song "Money" and got a great mark from my teacher, Mrs Laird. She congratulated me on my effort and creativity (something I possessed very little of in school) and so I eventually came clean and had to re-write it. She did commend me on my honesty and choice of lyric though and did what good teachers do...engage and encourage. It could have been worse - I nearly chose a Frank Zappa song that would have been highly inappropriate! My poetry is very much like me - a work in progress! I often revisit and revise my catalogue as I grow as a writer and am grateful for any constructive advice. The real writer and talent in my family is my wife who is more an author than a poet, but she is far too sensible to bare her soul to the world. I, however, am not! I love my golf, my cricket and my Rugby League (that's a similar sport to Rugby for all my non-European/Australasian readers) and support Russell Crowe's team, the mighty South Sydney Rabbitohs and the North Queensland Cowboys in the Australian NRL (National Rugby League). Go the Bunnies and go the Cowboys!


DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS MOVIE?

Blog Posted:12/11/2017 8:16:00 AM

 

'TIS THE SEASON TO BE JOLLY AND HANG OUT WITH PEOPLE YOU TRY TO AVOID ALL YEAR. FOR MANY IT REALLY IS THE SEASON OF BITING ONE'S TONGUE AND NAVIGATING YOUR WAY THROUGH THE FAMILY GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST WHILE THE DRUNK LECHEROUS SISTER-IN-LAW GROPES YOU BY THE CHESTNUTS! BUT ENOUGH ABOUT ME.

SO MY QUESTION TO YOU IS...

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS MOVIE?

GOT TO BE HONEST...I'M LEANING TOWARDS DIE HARD!!

 

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Date: 12/23/2017 4:15:00 AM
Gotta be Edward Scissorhands followed closely by It's a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Story
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Date: 12/13/2017 12:00:00 PM
I love "It's A Wonderful Life"
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 12/13/2017 9:32:00 PM
Thank you, Keith!Mery Christmas to you!
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 12/13/2017 4:54:00 PM
I love that you love It's a Wonderful Life. Merry Christmas, Kim. Hope Santa brings you the gift of joy!
Date: 12/13/2017 12:02:00 AM
REALLY tough to pick one - It's A Wonderful Life, White Christmas, Christmas Vacation, A Christmas Story, Polar Express, The Family Man, The Nutcracker (with Baryshnikov and Gelsey Kirkland - ABT), Miracle on 34th Street, Scrooged, A Christmas Carol (George C. Scott), Holiday Inn, but I think I've watched A Christmas Story more times than anything else, then probably Its A Wonderful Life, then The Family Man, probably. Can you watch ANY of them too many times? Not me, lol - I'm a movie NUT!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/13/2017 12:56:00 AM
Amen, Brother - well-said! And the best to you and yours as well!
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 12/13/2017 12:44:00 AM
Christmas greetings to ya, Greg. Just eat and drink and be merry and watch 'em all. If it's okay for Santa to be fat as a fool it's okay for me and you!
Date: 12/12/2017 8:36:00 AM
Agree with FP...National Lampoons Christmas Vacation....only movie actually makes me laugh out loud repeatably! surprise expressions and comic recovery of Chevy Chase rival throwback slapstick like Bowery Boys/Laurel & Hardy... Chevy had it for a couple movies then seems to have abandoned comedic gifts
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 12/12/2017 11:03:00 PM
Got a hankering for cigars during the Clinton administration...don't know why!
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James Marshall Goff
Date: 12/12/2017 8:11:00 PM
And Merry Xmas to you too! enjoyed annual book xchange with a buddy today over fine Nicaraguan cigars!
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James Marshall Goff
Date: 12/12/2017 8:08:00 PM
Yes Keith! very funny movie! underdog rises!
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 12/12/2017 8:04:00 PM
Good choice, James. What about Deck the Halls with Danny Devito - love that one too. That's the one where Danny outdoes his neighbour by putting enough Christmas lights on his house so it can be seen from space. It's a hoot! Merry Christmas, mate.
Date: 12/11/2017 7:28:00 PM
A little trivia for ya---when the cop was walking out after buying twinkies in Die Hard ---what was the price of gas on the sign at the station---around 79 cents/gal---I think----but my fav of that series is Die Hard With a Vengeance --the 3rd one---More trivia--the first performance of White Christmas in the movies was in Holliday Inn--same guy Crosby --but it is best known from the end of the movie White Christmas at the inn in Vermont.
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craig cornish
Date: 12/11/2017 7:32:00 PM
Don't forget The Bells of Saint Mary's with Bing and Ingrid
Date: 12/11/2017 5:01:00 PM
Also there was a really old one that they colorized and played a lot in the 60's. Maybe it was called White Xmas? There was a song in it called SISTERS. Because I have so many sisters, I loved that song and movie!
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 12/13/2017 9:34:00 PM
I saw the play at the Fox Theater. Loved the song! It snowed inside the theater and just outside the theater! So fun!
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craig cornish
Date: 12/12/2017 3:24:00 PM
Actually, that's my wife's fav song as well and the movie was made in 1954, the year she was born(October). Most of the "A Christmas Carol" movies were made before that except my fav w/ George C. Scott (1984)--Most of the traditional loved Xmas movies were pre-1954--It's a Wonderful Life (1947)--The Bells of St. Mary's (1945) which also stars Henry Travers as Mr. Bogardus (Ha played Clarence, the guardian angel in Wonderful Life) and BTW, the wizard among other parts in the Wizard of Oz---and not to bore you cuz I know you love movies, the original 1947 version of The Miracle on 34th Street" starring Natalie Wood as the child and one of my all time flames, Maureen O'Hara----LOVE the old ones! MERRY CHRISTMAS!
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craig cornish
Date: 12/11/2017 7:35:00 PM
Also AD, Bing and Danny Kaye did the song sisters in drag also.
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craig cornish
Date: 12/11/2017 7:22:00 PM
Nope it was done in color originally and Vera Ellen and Rosemary Clooney did that song---I have the DVD and saw it in the movies in the 50's--grammar school
Date: 12/11/2017 5:00:00 PM
A CHRISTMAS STORY. Hands down the funniest BEST nostalgic movie I ever saw!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/13/2017 12:03:00 AM
Yep, mine, too, Andrea ... why doesn't that surprise me, lol? ;-) (Have you seen Part 2? It's horrible, lol)
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 12/11/2017 5:23:00 PM
I know I've seen it but can't remember it. Mind you I do make my eggnog exceedingly strong if you know what I mean! Special formula and all that! Merry Christmas, Andrea.
Date: 12/11/2017 3:00:00 PM
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation with Chevy Chase...2nd the first Home Alone
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 12/11/2017 5:20:00 PM
Yeah, I agree. We all have a little Griswold in us - I know I do in spades! Merry Christmas, Frederic. Be good!
Date: 12/11/2017 9:30:00 AM
For a weird one it's Gremlins
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Date: 12/11/2017 8:57:00 AM
LOL "Die Hard"? I do love that movie. My favorite Christmas movie is Christmas with the Kranks :D
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Becca Teagan
Date: 12/11/2017 5:25:00 PM
Merry Christmas, Keith
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Becca Teagan
Date: 12/11/2017 5:25:00 PM
You should watch it. It has Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd, it's pretty funny and yet heartwarming ;)
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 12/11/2017 5:04:00 PM
Haven't seen that one, Becs. Yippee ki-yay and Merry Christmas.

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